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M4 Corridor around Newport

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This consultation sought your views on the draft Plan to solve transport related problems affecting the M4 Corridor around Newport.
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We are planning to build a new section of motorway south of Newport alongside complementary measures.

Summary

Project status: planned
Region/county: south east
Start date: spring 2018
End date: end 2022
Cost: approximately £1bn
Design Development Team: Costain, Vinci and Taylor Woodrow with consultants Arup and Atkins, supported by environmental consultants RPS.

If we proceed with this project, we will register it with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (external link).

 

Why we are doing it

Our proposal for a new section of motorway, and complementary measures, is considered to be the sustainable, long-term solution to current social, environmental and economic problems associated with this route. It forms an essential part of our vision for an efficient integrated transport system in South Wales.

It will improve accessibility for people as well as Welsh goods and services to international markets.

Current progress

We have published environmental information, draft Orders and associated reporting.

A Public Local Inquiry into the Scheme started on 28 February 2017 and is expected to last around 5 months.

At the Public Local Inquiry independent inspectors will examine the social, environmental and economic issues and hear evidence from technical specialists, supporters and objectors.

The inspectors will consider the Scheme and all suggested alternatives and report on the findings.

Timetable

Public Local Inquiry: 28 February 2017

Following the Inquiry, should the decision be made to proceed to construction, the timetable could be as follows:

Start of construction: summer 2018
Completion of new section of motorway: end of 2021
Completion of reclassification of existing motorway: end of 2022

Next steps

The inspectors will report on the findings of the Inquiry and this will inform the final decision on whether to go ahead with construction.

You will be able to view evidence presented to the inquiry on Persona Associates' website (external link).

You can contact Brian Greaves using our contact form.

Why hold a public local inquiry?

At a public local inquiry an independent inspector examines the social, environmental and economic issues and hears evidence from technical specialists, supporters and objectors. The inspector will consider the proposed solution and all suggested alternatives and report on the findings. This will inform the final decision on whether to go ahead with construction.